Exquisite Fashion Friday

April 29th, 2016

It is always fun receiving an invitation for your friends destination wedding!  Everyone can get together and decompress on a mini-vacation for a few days while celebrating love at a beautiful location.    Here are some of our tips that we have come up with over the years to make sure you are dressed for the occasion :)

  1. Bring Warmth: If it is an outdoor wedding, be sure to bring a scarf or a light shawl. Weather can be unpredictable, especially at the beach so it’s always nice to be prepared. You can have a neutral and colorful optionscarves
  2. Beach Chic: Invest in a nice cover up for those times between the pool and lunch; it can even be worn to one of the informal parties that may be happening on the beachcoverups
  3. Protect your Skin: How many times have you been on vacation and realized that you forgot your sunblock. You don’t want to spend all your money at the resort’s convenience store, so remember to pack the good stuff to protect your skin!sunscreen
  4. Be Comfortable: It is important to look and feel good at the wedding, but dress for the occasion. If you know the ceremony will be on the sand, bring a really cute pair of sandals or wedge heels. Try to avoid any stilettos unless you know you will be on hardscape and not having a quick sand or grass situationshoes
  5. Most Important-Relax and Have a Great Time!! You are there for a close friend or family member’s special day and it is not every day that you can attend a destination wedding, so ENJOY!

Have an Exquisite Week!

An Exquisite Collaboration

April 22nd, 2016

Imagine being able to wear the most luxurious dress worthy of being on any red carpet out there…now imagine that the dress was a table linen and it was draped on you by the one and only Youngsong Martin of Wildflower Linen.

The idea behind this shoot was a woman hosting one of the most elegant dinners in her backyard

We had so much fun with this collaboration and I even got to play dress up for a day! 😉

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The shoot was done at the Hummingbird Ranch, home to some of the most spectacular grounds in Los Angeles. We were able to explore and take a few other shots around the property….

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Collaborators:

Photography: Joy Marie Photography

Venue: Hummingbird Ranch

Flowers/Decor: White Lilac, Inc

Linen: Wildflower Linens

Makeup/Hair: Beauty by Linda Chiriac

Planner/Coordinator: Exquisite Events

Have an Exquisite Day and see you next week!!

XO

Madiha

Art Deco Grand Finale (Blog 5 of 5)

April 15th, 2016

For our grand finale reception, we decided to design the room around the Art Deco period. Colors chosen were black and gold and we decided to build another room within the ballroom. Custom built chandeliers reminiscent of that era were hung while the existing wrought iron chandeliers came down. We also designed the room with elevations to create further interest. Art Deco patterns were chosen for the walls that also served as interesting bar backs and were lit beautifully. The room was draped in ivory fabric with black valance.

The black dance floor with a gold pattern of Art Deco period further enhanced the look. Long tables and chairs on different levels were dressed in custom linens and chair covers and made the room look expansive. We also re carpeted the room in ivory carpet. All white flowers and candles created a romantic and elegant ambiance.

Guests were enthralled with tunes of Gypsy Kings and various Spanish artists. The couple made their grand entrance and went straight to the dance floor for first dance, after which guests were treated to Bollywood dancers from Los Angeles. Various entertainers kept the guests occupied during the course of the evening and dance floor stayed packed all night.

Dinner consisted of dishes from various countries and the night lasted until the wee hours of morning. As planners, our goal is to always go above clients expectations and provide them with unparalleled experience. To see our lovely couple and their families enjoy the entire wedding experience and have a wonderful time was exactly what our goal was, which we knew had been accomplished.

Thank you to our partners:

Linens: Wildflower Linens
Rentals: Del Cabo
Lighting and Production: Victor Valdes
Flowers: Elena Damy
DJ: Ajay with Special Occasions
Photo/video: Ana & Jerome
Venue: One and Only Palmilla
Coordination and Design: Nikki & Madiha Khan with Exquisite Events

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Thank you so much for reading our 5 blogs on the destination wedding at the One and Only Palmilla in Los Cabos!

Stay tuned for more Exquisite Events!

♥EE

A Ruby Red Indian Wedding in Los Cabos, Mexico (Blog 4 of 5)

April 8th, 2016

After the reception on Friday, we had one day to execute a very involved Indian Wedding, followed by the grand finale reception. We were envisioning something very Indian in inspiration and therefore reached out to Raj Tents in LA.

The tent structure was 49 X 69 and the color chosen was ivory. Nikki decided to have the flowers in shades of reds from true ruby red to the deepest reds to bring the contrast. Custom chair covers in deep red added to the drama.

The bride’s wish was to incorporate elephants at the beginning of the aisle and after much deliberation, Elena was able to secure two large elephants and Nikki suggested a floral throw for those. The bride’s aisle was fifty feet long and Palmilla was able to provide us with the beautiful lanterns on stands on which the florist hung floral tassels upon Nikki’s request. The end effect was stunning with two large elephants with floral throws at the entrance.

The adjoining cocktail hour had three large raj tents with garden furniture for lounging and matching pillows in hot pink and orange to coordinate with the tents. Cocktail tables had custom linens from Wildflower and the pop of color was a perfect compliment to the beautiful ocean backdrop.

The event started with a festive Barat with the groom on the horse and two drummers from Mexico along with our DJ. Guests were served mango lassi before entering the tent and once everyone was seated, our bride made her entrance on a custom built throne. It was a spectacular sight.

The ceremony took about an hour, after which guests made their way for cocktails where an Indian trio of musicians welcomed them with nostalgic tunes on Bansuri, tabla and harmonium. Guests enjoyed the cocktail area so much that groom made a request to go for another hour. A beautiful sunset was enjoyed by all, as the anticipation for the next event was heightened.

Needless to say, our couple and their families and friends were truly happy and enjoyed the food, ambiance and gorgeous setting. We continued to receive compliments from the couple and guests as to the magical and memorable experience we had provided for them and like all other events, this one came to an end on a very high note as well.

Stay tuned for the grand finale reception in next week’s blog.

Thank you to our partners:

Linens: Wildflower Linens
Rentals: Del Cabo
Lighting and Production: Victor Valdes
Flowers: Elena Damy
DJ: Ajay with Special Occasions
Photo/video: Ana & Jerome
Venue: One and Only Palmilla
Coordination and Design: Nikki & Madiha Khan with Exquisite Events

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Thank you for reading and have an Exquisite weekend!

♥ EE

Poolside Dinner Reception at the One and Only Palmilla (Blog 3 of 5)

April 1st, 2016

While the ceremony was going on at the beach, we had a two hour tight window to turn the Agua Pool Deck for a formal dinner. An army of partners were on standby to make this happen in the most seamless manner. Winds were fierce all day and around the time of set up, they kicked up and became very strong. This setup proved to be very challenging as in the original design plan, lots of candles and votives were incorporated due to the bride’s request but it became apparent that was not going to work. We had to be creative in ensuring that menus and place cards stayed intact.

Our setup was all complete by the time our first batch of guests arrived in the golf carts. By now, it had become very cold and a request was made of the venue to provide as many parkas as possible to keep the guests warm and comfortable. We had a lovely four piece jazz band with an amazing vocalist singing beautiful songs. The table was set to the nines with custom linens, chair covers, chargers, and napkins.

Stemware and flatware were polished to perfection and electric candles were glowing. The cake table looked elegant and romantic and the space was completely transformed with ambient lighting. The couple made their grand entrance and went straight to the dance floor for their first dance and soon friends and families joined in. The night was cold but magical and guests did not seem to mind the elements. This night’s dinner was all Italian because that happens to be bride’s favorite cuisine. After a scrumptious meal, cake cutting was planned to sync with a spectacular fireworks display which enchanted the guests.

The client was also very mindful to provide kids activities at each event ranging from piñata toss to roasting s’mores, watching movies, face painting and everything in between. Kids also had their special menu at each event and were kept thoroughly entertained and occupied.

During the time dinner was going on at the deck, our team was busy turning the bar into after party. We wanted to compliment the bar decor with lots of colorful pillows that matched the colors of Mosaik tiles. We also embellished the space with colorful lanterns, votives and cylinders with candles. Lighting was done to make the bar look like a night club . DJ was already playing music provided from the couple’s play list and in a few minutes, everyone was on the dance floor. A delicious array of dessert bar was set to keep guests’ sweet tooth satisfied along with late night snacks.

The DJ kept the crowds dancing till 1 am and like all good things must come to an end, this event came to an end on a very high note. Our team continued to receive compliments from the guests about how special their experience had been and how they were looking forward to the upcoming events. Needless to say, this very important event ended on a very high note too.

Stay tuned for the grand finale in the upcoming weeks!

Thank you to our partners:

Table linens and napkins: Linens, Things and More
Chair covers and cake table linen: Wildflower Linens
Rentals: Del Cabo
Lighting and Production: Victor Valdes
Flowers: Elena Damy
DJ: Ajay with Special Occasions
Jazz quartet: Francisco Alatorre
Photo/video: Ana & Jerome
Catering, Venue, and Fireworks: One and Only Palmilla
Coordination and Design: Nikki & Madiha Khan with Exquisite Events

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Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you next week for part 4!

Have an Exquisite weekend,

♥ EE

 

A Beachfront Catholic Ceremony in Los Cabos (Blog 2 of 5)

March 24th, 2016

The next day, Friday ended up being a very windy day and posed multiple challenges to work on outdoor spaces. We had two outdoor events planned, the Catholic ceremony on the beach and the dinner reception at the Agua Pool Deck with fireworks and then moving on to the Agua Bar for an afterparty. Access to the beach was 11 am and our partners set to work right at that hour.

Our color for the ceremony was all white with hints of blush to compliment the bridesmaids gowns. A simple and elegant structure was erected and embellished by Elena Damy.

The adjoining cocktail area had all white furniture and existing cabanas were dressed in blush and white drapes. Each cabana had a sitting area of white lounge vignette. There were tons of white candles atop tables and steps were lined with white ceramic lanterns in different sizes. Lighting had been installed the night before to ensure smooth transition to the reception site as well as create a lovely mood.

The guests were welcomed by an acoustic guitarist playing lovely tunes. A large mirror in white frame bearing ceremony program in hand calligraphy was the first visual as guests entered the ceremony space. They were also offered to slip out of their shoes and don flip flops. Parasols were provided for the ones who preferred shade. The bride had also provided lovely ribbons in blush to use at recessional. Each sign was hand painted in blush on white board to create a cohesive look.

After the ceremony, guests moved to the cocktail area where a quartet entertained them and they were served a blush Mexican drink. The couple had opted to take this time to take some photos. The guestbook sat atop a table with small envelopes and cards for guests to write special messages for the couple. Lot of guests decided to take a stroll on the beach while others enjoyed delectable hors d’ oeuvres that were continuously tray passed with a bar offering all delicious libations.

Needless to say, a spectacular sunset was enjoyed by all before they transitioned to the Agua Bar. A dedicated golf cart for the couple bearing the sign “Just Married” in white and blush waited close to Turtle Beach for their grand entrance.

Thank you to our Partners:

Venue: One and Only Palmilla
Flowers: Elena Damy
Rentals: Del Cabo
Production: Victor Valdes
Guitarist: Alonso
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Reverend: Rodrigo
Photo/video:  Alec & T
Planning and design: Nikki & Madiha Khan Exquisite Events

Stay tuned for the reception and after party in the upcoming Friday!

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Have an Exquisite weekend and we’ll see you here next week!

♥EE

Feature in Hello Pakistan November 2015

March 22nd, 2016

Thank you for the feature, Hello! Pakistan 

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One and Only Palmilla Mehndi (Blog 1 of 5)

March 16th, 2016

This young couple who lives in NY approached us for their wedding last year.  They wanted a destination wedding in a resort on the beach and wanted either LA or Cabo.  Because of noise ordinance in LA/OC, we were able to suggest a few venues in Cabo.  Once the couple informed us of their plans to visit Cabo for site visits, appointments were made at five venues.  The couple’s top choices were Palmilla and Las Ventanas and ultimately Palmilla was chosen as their wedding venue.  It was the couple’s desire to provide an ultimate and unique experience for all their guests and families.

After going back and forth with the venue, the date of the wedding weekend was set from February 4th to 7th.  The contract was signed in April 2015 and Nikki and Madiha made a trip to Cabo in October for a complete design walk through.  Three days were spent in comprehensive design and planning meetings as it was our ultimate wish to work with local partners wherever we could.  In the three days, we met with the production and rental company and ultimately decided on a florist which was Elena Damy after interviewing three different florists.  We felt they were best qualified to bring our vision to life. The design meetings were very beneficial and on point.

After reaching back to LA, there were multiple phone calls with the local partners on a regular basis.  The client had expressed a desire to hold a colorful welcome dinner/mehndi on Thursday, February 4th in the Bahia courtyard.  The mehndi artist and DJ were flown from LA. A memorable night was created complimenting the architecture of the space.

The guests’ first visual was a carriage which was brought out from the space and was decorated with fresh flowers.  The entrance to the space was lined with colorful lanterns in different sizes.  Upon entrance, guests were treated to a lovely mariachi band that sang enthralling Mexican songs and tunes.  The client had secured a local vendor to provide each guest with a hand painted one of a kind Mexican plate with the couple’s name and wedding date as a welcome gift.

The fireplace was burning and hundreds of candles and lanterns cast magical shadows creating an ambiance that was spectacular.   Guests were served a specialty drink with distinct Mexican flavors. Ladies were excited to get henna and guests were encouraged to try food that paid homage to the bride’s Peruvian/American and groom’s Indian descent.  There were an array of Mexican dishes to further enhance the variety.  The event had amazing energy and movement and everyone seemed to be having a great time.

At 8 pm, guests were treated to a fire dancers troupe that opened the dance floor and entertained guests thoroughly.  There was a photo booth onsite which added another component of entertainment.  Following fire dancers performance, the dance floor was opened with DJ playing upbeat Bollywood music and before long most guests were on the dance floor.  We had booked the space until 10 pm with spa buyout that was next to the courtyard from 8-10 pm but upon the clients request, the time was extended to midnight.  The kickoff event ended on a high note with guests’ anticipation for the next few days.

Thank you to our Partners:
Venue: One and Only Palmilla
Photo/video:  Alec & T
Flowers: Elena Damy
Rentals: Del Cabo
Production: Victor Valdes
DJ: Ajay from Special Occasions
Mehndi: Lishma Patel
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Planning and design: Nikki & Madiha Khan Exquisite Events

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Thank you for reading. Be sure to stop by next week to read about the wedding ceremony! Have an Exquisite weekend.

♥EE

Madiha’s Masquerade Birthday Bash

March 11th, 2016

I love a theme party, and I’ve wanted to do a party with a masquerade theme for a long time so we used my recent birthday as an excuse.

My inspiration was a combination of the movies Phantom of the Opera, Labyrinth and Eyes Wide Shut. The colors were black and gold, and I wanted the space to have a romantic glow with lighting and tons of candles.

As guests walked the black carpet, they were greeted with a glass of champagne and scenes from various masquerade movies projected on the entrance wall.

The decor was all black and gold outside with 3 stunning tents from Raj Tents and gold furniture to compliment them. We had a professional couple do the Waltz to “Second Waltz” to get everyone in the spirit while hors d’ouevres were being passed and cocktails served.

It was a great evening celebrating with friends and family!

Thank you to my awesome hosts, my hubby Osman, and sister and brother in law, Nadia and Anish as well as my parents for making it a very special weekend.

A special thank you to Raj Tents, Luna Party Rentals, Hidden Garden Flowers, Argyle Event Staffing, Special Occasions LA, Karmagraphy, Amanda Sweikow Photography, Design Visage and Chef Ammar. Couldn’t have done it without you!!

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Thanks for stopping by! Have an Exquisite weekend, and we’ll see you here next Friday!

♥ Madiha

Up Close and Personal with Youngsong Martin of Wildflower Linens

March 4th, 2016

This is our third blog on people in the industry we continue to draw inspiration from (#1 Radha Arora and #2 Grace Ormonde). Today, we are featuring Youngsong Martin, founder of Wildflower Linens. Nikki and Young have been friends for many years and it is our honor to feature Nikki’s friend and someone she draws inspiration from on our blog.

Youngsong Martin is the dynamic fashion designer and entrepreneur who propelled her high-style rental firm Wildflower Linen into prominence in the domestic and international special-event industries. Her full-service rental company has since redefined the special-event linen field in terms of style, glamour and customer care while becoming a prestigious provider to clients nationwide and abroad, for functions of all sizes, budgets and occasions.

Today, Wildflower table linens and chair covers are sought after by everyone from discriminating brides and noted event planners to acclaimed designers and celebrities — by any party producer looking to add the utmost in style and elegance to a function’s tabletops and place settings.

Wildflower-Linens-Young-MartinEE: How did you get started with Wildflower Linen?

YM: It was an accident really. With my textile and fashion design background, my niece asked me to help with her wedding. When I started looking for fashionable linens to design her wedding or lack of, I realized I needed to create something myself. Seeing the need for a niche market, I decided to leave the apparel world and start a designer table linen and chair cover rental company. After 16 years, here we are today!

EE: What did your first big event look like?

YM: I helped design and throw a huge party for an Orange County socialite. We brought out Placido Domingo for it too. From lighting and drapery to amazing florals and food, it was just so wonderful to be able to produce something of that magnitude for my friends and peers.

EE: What does a typical work day look like for you?

YM: There’s really no typical work day for me. It’s always unpredictable and there’s always something going on. If I’m not at a meeting with a client or industry partner, I’ll start the day in company meetings with my different departments to discuss current projects, overall goals, etc. If there’s one thing that’s consistent, it’s that I open social media in the morning to read about how the world is doing today. Russia, Korea, England, it’s such a small world now.

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EE: If you had to choose, what would you say is your favorite table linen set right now (including chair covers, napkins, and table drape)?

YM: I’m working on an event with Nikki (Exquisite Events) and I’m really excited about the look for this project right now. I would say that the art deco period vintage look is one of my favorites at the moment. I’ve created these chair cover backs and chair slips that enhance the look of the chairs. They create this art deco feel and look amazing in different settings.

EE: From where do you draw inspiration?

YM: Everywhere and everything. It can be something in nature or seeing something on my trip to Italy. The client’s vision is also a source of inspiration. When I hear it and see it, I’m definitely inspired by their vision.

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EE: What advice do you have for anyone planning a wedding?

YM: I’m a designer and not a wedding planner so that’s hard to say. But I’d say that it’s always good to allocate budget accordingly and to balance their spending.   They need to decide what is more important to them and then work through the budget to achieve that. Regarding design, I would say that a bride shouldn’t be afraid to think outside the box and do something she really loves vs just following the norm or current trend if that’s not her passion.

EE: What are some wedding day “no-nos” when it comes to design?

YM: A cohesive look is very important so don’t try to do so much where your vision and style end up getting lost. Social media is a fabulous tool for inspiration but it also causes a false reality that you can obtain so many different looks for your wedding. You have to narrow down what you truly like and want for your wedding, not what you think is pretty.

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EE: What style advice do you have for brides and planners?

YM: I don’t actually have specific advice because most brides nowadays know exactly what they want. Wedding planners also are great designers themselves. I’m their sounding board and their editor for their ideas. With the world of Pinterest and Instagram, my job is to carefully edit so that they don’t lose focus.

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EE: What’s are some of best event designs you have seen? Some of the worst?

YM: I’ve seen some events on both ends of the spectrum. One of the best event designs I’ve worked on was a tented wedding, hosted at a private home. It was one of the most opulent and tasteful weddings I’ve seen. I actually designed the first Diana bustled dress chair covers for them. I can’t say any event design is terrible or the worse; event design is very subjective and some people may like something while others don’t. I don’t like to judge others works but I do know what I think to be beautiful and hope that others find my style and creativity beautiful as well.

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EE: What do you love the most about your job? What’s the biggest challenge?

YM: I love being in the designing room and creating my designs. That’s the only time really that there’s no stress because I get to focus on creating something beautiful. The biggest challenge would be maintaining and managing the business. Government regulations, employee safety, raising revenue. Those things are constantly changing.

EE: If you had to pick only one image from your career to describe you best, which image would you choose?

YM: I see myself visually as a carefree, absent minded professor, who also happens to be kind of a hippie. I don’t think any of my actual photos show this type of crazy!

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EE: What does 2016 look like for you? 

YM: It’s looking like a very busy year! I remember how the whole economy suffered 2008 and 2009 was so it’s a blessing that we are doing far better for 2016.
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Thank you for stopping by and reading our blog! Have an Exquisite weekend, and we’ll see you next week!

♥EE

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